Saturday, August 11, 2007

Appalling, Amusing, and Most Importantly, Educational

While probably none of this will shock Harry, those of us who don't have our faces thrust into the worst of human behavior on a daily or perhaps weekly basis may benefit from reading some at Etiquette Hell. It's a primer on what to teach children not to do, and might help adults avoid getting roped into really sticky situations.

One amazingly tacky, base, greedy, and near-criminal example:
Just this last Saturday my husband and I attended a wedding for his boss, a man who owns several restaurants and is extremely well-to-do. He brags about his vacation houses and condos around the world. We do not have a lot of money, but we bought the nicest gift we could afford. The gift was sent beforehand though, not brought. The ceremony was beautiful, the food was incredible, but before the best man gave his speech, the bride and groom had an announcement. And I quote this from a copy of the wedding video that was sent to each guest as a "keepsake":

Groom: Beloved guests, we would like to take this time to thank you for attending our wedding.


Bride: But we need to bring something important to attention.

G: We have spent a lot of money on this affair for all of you. So "Linda" and I feel that the least you all could have done was give us gifts worthy of such an event.

*jaws dropping, uncomfortable silence*

G: This reception alone is running us about $200 for each of you.

B: To make it even, we need gifts that are that much each. But to be a gift and not just help us break even, we should have gotten something at least $400 from each guest.

G: So "Bubba" (best man) will now read a list of who still owes us a better gift or cash, and for how much. Please raise your hands when he says your name. The ushers will bring you envelopes for you to make a monetary deposit in cash or checks. If you wish to bring us additional gifts, please inform them of this when they bring your card.

It was about this time we left. But on the video they actually did this. And we weren't the only guests to leave before the list. People were so embarrassed! Did he really expect $800 from us as a couple? Does he not realize weddings aren't for the gifts?

The couple were basically con artists, suckering people into attending a "ceremony and celebration", which tradition would dictate ought to be paid for by the hosts, but then presenting the guests with a bill on the way out, marked up 100% !!!


Blogger erp said...

Can this be true?

August 11, 2007 5:28 AM  
Blogger Mike Beversluis said...

Turns out it was Scott Beauchamp's wedding.

August 11, 2007 5:47 AM  
Blogger Oroborous said...

LOL !!

August 11, 2007 5:53 AM  
Blogger Harry Eagar said...

So the author and her husband stiffed his BOSS? I smell a rat.

The usual run of malefactors I deal with have a different style, but I do encounter people exactly this crass -- real estate agents selling in the $10 million-up arena.

August 11, 2007 7:47 PM  
Blogger Oroborous said...

More accurately his boss's boss, I'd imagine.

Any given tale might be embellished or fictional, but many of them ring exactly true-to-life, if unfortunately so.

August 12, 2007 10:28 PM  
Blogger Mike Beversluis said...

The New Yorker wades in...

August 13, 2007 9:16 AM  

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